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Karl Laubstein

Rector/President (1996-2008)


Dr. Laubstein has held a succession of senior management posts with the Canadian Government since 1977 because of his experience as a senior government official in the maritime field, his academic training and university experience in Canada and in developing countries, and his background in the merchant marine.

Dr. Karl Laubstein was born in Germany, studied economics and political science, gaining his PhD from the University of Toronto. He also holds a nautical diploma from Bremen Nautical School, and sailed as ship’s officer in the merchant marine before emigrating to Canada. He spent almost seven years in Africa, first in Kenya where he carried out research on development planning, and later in southern Africa, where he taught for five years at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Prior to his position as Rector of World maritime University, Dr Laubstein served as the Director General of Industry renewal in the Canadian Government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  He was responsible for major federal initiatives on fishing industry reform and restructuring, including the US1.9 billion Atlantic Groundfish Strategy programme.

On 4 June 2008 at the Board of Governors meeting in Malmö, Dr Laubstein was bestowed the title of President Emeritus for his long and meritorious service to the University